Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @DellengerAdv to submit a question.
@DellengerAdv Is Bain likely to get the #3 weekend starter spot? Will the League of Shadows destroy Baton Rouge if he doesnt get it?
— Ben Holton (@bholtongeorgia) April 7, 2015
Well, he has the No. 3 starter spot for now. Austin Bain was elevated to that role this week. Here’s more on that.
Now, does he keep that role? That all depends on how he and Jake Godfrey pitch. Bain will be given the ball Sunday, and Godfrey is being given the ball in the midweek on Wednesday. Throw in midweek guy Russell Reynolds and LSU has three pitchers – Reynolds, Godfrey and Bain – potentially capable to be the No. 3 and No. 4 starters.
Bain has the inside track on the No. 3 job, seeing as he’s in it for now. You would think that Godfrey has the best chance to be LSU’s No. 4 starter, but who knows.
@DellengerAdv Has Devin Voorhies gained significant weight to make the rumored switch from safety to OLB?
— Forrest Tinnin (@fotinnin) April 7, 2015
Not sure on this. But his switch isn’t rumored. Coach Les Miles has said that Voorhies has moved from defensive back to linebacker. I would imagine he has or will have to gain weight for the switch, but not too much.
LSU’s outside linebackers have similar builds to safeties anyway. It’s a fairly natural switch.
@DellengerAdv I've got one for you…why isn't mainieri going to redshirt Latz if he isn't going to play this year?
— Patrick Drew (@IsThatACorndog) April 7, 2015
Redshirts are for players who plan to play on a team for five years. When’s the last LSU baseball player who did that? The point is – it doesn’t happen often, especially for highly touted guys like Latz. Mainieri said that at the bottom of this notebook.
Latz turned down nearly $1 million to come to college. He’s likely a guy who will be entering the MLB draft after his junior season or, at the latest, his senior year.
@DellengerAdv Near the end of last season, Cam Cameron starting using tight end sets (against Notre Dame). What do we expect this season?
— KThaKid (@KThaKid) April 7, 2015
I assume you’re talking about tight end receptions? DeSean Smith had four catches for 66 yards in LSU’s bowl game. That’s a good sign of things to come from the position, but don’t get your hopes up.
LSU’s receiving group is about as deep and talented as it gets. I’m sure the focus is on getting the ball into their hands and into the hands of some pretty skilled running backs who can go out for passes – Leonard Fournette, Derrius Guice.
Still, Anthony Jennings and Smith seemed to develop a good connection in that game against the Irish. OC Cam Cameron clearly saw an area to exploit against Notre Dame and that was it.
@DellengerAdv which non early enrollee freshman will have the biggest impact?
— Rick Grimes (@Tyler_Capone) April 8, 2015
Donte Jackson and Arden Key are my favorites.
Jackson, who will primarily play cornerback, has the potential to make an immediate impact in the return game for LSU – and in a lot of other areas. LSU coach Les Miles said at signing day that Jackson can do it all – catch the ball, run the ball, return the ball and be a lock down corner.
Key, a highly touted defensive end product from Georgia, could see time immediately at LSU’s defensive end competition. The Tigers lost both starting ends from last season, and it’s unclear how comfortable coaches are with their current guys: Tashawn Bower, Deondre Clark, Sione Teuehema, Lewis Neal.
— Kenny Brown (@bushbowles) April 8, 2015
That’s a start. LSU’s pen has been exhausted recently. The Tigers have played six extra inning games in the last 15. That’s a good recipe to wear down your bullpen.
Also, former No. 3 starter Jake Godfrey has lasted just 0.1 and 1.2 innings in his last two weekend starts. That doesn’t help the bullpen either. LSU has had to patch together those games with a host of relievers, leaving them in a bind come the midweek.
— Joshua Romero (@JReaux4) April 8, 2015
Nope. It sounds as if Valentine is under academic suspension from the team, though that term hasn’t been used. Les Miles said here that Valentine has “failed to do” some things academically.